nounplural noun donkosinformal New Zealand
A room in a workplace where employees spend breaks.
- ‘there'd be after-work drinks in the donko’
- ‘Government photographers also ventured from the factory into the staff cafeteria, the tea-room, or the 'donko' to record workers at rest.’
- ‘He sits in the donko beside the rotary milking shed on the 235-hectare family farm.’
- ‘It’s equally clear you don’t visit construction site donkos.’
- ‘In the woolstores, smoko was held in the donko.’
- ‘They'd had a really neat donko for smoko where he could really put his feet up.’
- ‘Silence settled, with the smell of the pots, over the donko.’
- ‘The men drifting from the donko wove the final hymn through the thud of the works machine.’
- ‘The donko was silent, a silence punctuated by the slap of cards, the scrape of matches and the clatter of enamel mugs.’
1970s possibly an abbreviation of slang donkey room, a room housing a donkey engine at the Wellington wharves, where workers would shelter in inclement weather.
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